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Bournemouth Attractions

In and around Bournemouth you'll find plenty of attractions on offer - depending on your taste from the world famous The World of Beatrix Potter home which is the only Beatrix Potter themed attraction in Europe. Bournemouth has a lot to offer.

 
The Dorset Belles

The Dorset Belles

In 1868 the first recorded pleasure excursion from Bournemouth Pier was by the steamer 'Fawn'. She was chartered for a trip to Spithead, where a review of the fleet was being held in honour of the Shah of Persia. Since 1871 there has been a long association between Bournemouth Pier and pleasure steamers. The principal paddle steamer operator on the Wessex coast was Cosen's of Weymouth 1918-1996. Fond memories abound of Monarch, Empress and Victoria, just some of their fleet of paddle steamers that regularly called at Bournemouth Pier. Many other local boats offering day trips and excursions also operated along the lovely Dorset coast, including the family of Dorset Belles built and operated by the Bolson family for many years at the Skylark Boatyard in Poole (now part of RNLI). One of the first post-war boats Bolson's operated from the Pier was proudly given the name "Bournemouth Belle" and from then on the little fleet were affectionately nicknamed "the Dorset Belles" by the holidaymakers. To this day the tradition of pleasure cruises from the pier continue to the delight of Bournemouth holidaymakers, along with regular seasonal visits by the paddle steamer "Waverley" and her motorised companion "Balmoral".

Hotels near The Dorset Belles
The Hermitage Hotel4 starfrom £67.01
Park Central Hotel4 starfrom £63.00
Arlington Hotel2 starfrom £40.00
Lampeter Hotel from £35.00
Premier Inn Bournemouth Central3 starfrom £49.00
 
The Bournemouth Oceanarium

The Bournemouth Oceanarium

Explore the secrets of the ocean in an adventure that will take you to some of the world's most amazing waters. The Oceanarium Bournemouth brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe - more than just an aquarium, a vibrant experience through the oasis of water. The Oceanarium is a fully interactive experience with touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and talks, plasma screen documentaries, walk-through underwater tunnel and exhibits to help you discover more about this fascinating underwater world.

Hotels near The Bournemouth Oceanarium
The Hermitage Hotel4 starfrom £67.01
Park Central Hotel4 starfrom £63.00
Arlington Hotel2 starfrom £40.00
Lampeter Hotel from £35.00
Premier Inn Bournemouth Central3 starfrom £49.00
 
Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion

Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion

The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is one of the most prestigious venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events. Owned and managed by Bournemouth Borough Council, the BIC operates alongside its sister venue, The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom to provide the event organiser and leisure visitor with some of the best facilities on England's sunny south coast. Situated in the heart of Bournemouth with public transport links close by, we host events of all sizes from Birthday Parties to Party Political Conferences, Amateur Musicals to top Rock and Pop Concerts.

Hotels near Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion
The Hermitage Hotel4 starfrom £67.01
Park Central Hotel4 starfrom £63.00
Arlington Hotel2 starfrom £40.00
Royal Exeter Hotel3 starfrom £44.00
Lampeter Hotel from £35.00
 

Other Attraction near Bournemouth

  • Bovington Tank Museum - Visit the ghost of 'Hermann the German' who wanders the exhibits at the Bovington Tank Museum in search of his lost comrades.
  • Portsmouth - Spend a naval day in Portsmouth and wander around three of the world's greatest historic war ships – the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior.
  • Corfe Castle - Explore the ruins of Corfe Castle – one of Britain's most majestic ruins, the castle controlled the gateway through the Purbeck Hills and had been an important stronghold since the time of William the Conqueror.